Australia allrounder Shane Watson has retired from Test cricket with immediate effect, Cricket Australia tweeted on Sunday. Watson, 34, had played 59 Tests in a career that began in 2005, scoring 3731 runs at 35.19 and taking 75 wickets at 33.68. Injury and form had been issues for Watson at various points through his career.
Watson’s decision to quit the longest format comes in the wake of Australia’s loss to England in the 2015 Ashes, a day after he had to leave the field during a one-dayer at Lord’s due to “minor right calf strain”.
“It has been a decision that hasn’t come lightly, over the last month especially,” Watson said while announcing his decision. “I know it’s the right time to move on and still hopefully play the shorter formats of the game, one-dayers and T20s. I’ve been through a lot of different waves of emotion about what is right for myself, my family and most importantly, the team as well.
“Over the last couple of days, there was a lot of clarity [for me] of what the right decision was. I just know that I’ve given everything I possibly can to get the best out of myself. I just know it’s the right time to move on. I don’t have that real fight in me, especially for Test cricket, knowing the lengths physically that I’d have to go through, mentally and technically as well, to be at my best in Test cricket, so I just know it’s the right time.”